When the rain gets going in green season in Costa Rica, the river
rafting trips get really exciting. As the rivers swell with rainwater,
it’s your cue to hop aboard for a fun, wild ride down a beautiful
rainforest river. Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica not only has awesome
rivers, it also is surrounded by lush rainforest, deep canyons, and
towers over the largest fresh water lake in the country – Lake Arenal.
And the waters of Lake Arenal flow into the picturesque redrock canyons
of the Tenorio River out towards the Golden Coast of Guanacaste.
are more paddling options in the Arenal area than anywhere else in
Central America,” declares Desafio Adventure Company, which operates
whitewater rafting trips in Arenal.
Desafio has two
rules: 1) Be safe, and, 2) Have serious fun! That works for me! Desafio
operates river rafting trips in Arenal on the Balsa River (class 2-3), a
Safari Float on the Penas Blancas River (class 1), Class 3-4 rafting on
the Toro and Sarapiquí rivers and also combo tours with rappelling or
canopy zip-lining, and affordable private tours for only you and your
family and friends or group. The Balsa River is a perfect whitewater
rafting adventure if you want fun and excitement without being too
crazy. The trip is a half-day tour down class 2 and 3 rapids, which is
right for persons with little to no rafting experience and also for
families. You will paddle down 10 kilometers of rolling rapids like
“Morning Coffee” and “Rock around the Croc”, with tranquil pools along
the way to catch your breath and see the scenery and wildlife. The river
flows down a long, rainforest canyon, about 45 minutes outside of the
town of La Fortuna by the Arenal Volcano.
And you won’t
want to miss out on saving time and saving money by taking advantage of
Desafío Adventure Company’s innovative Adventure Connections and go
rafting on the way from one destination to the next. If you are in San
José and traveling to the Arenal Volcano, you can go rafting on the way.
Or if traveling from the Arenal Volcano to the Costa Rica beaches of
Guanacaste, you can go rafting or do a safari float on the Tenorio River
and let the journey be your adventure! And there is even an Adventure
Connection rafting from the Arenal Volcano to Manuel Antonio! This is
the best way to travel in Costa Rica!
Rafting tours include:
High-quality rafting equipment, snacks, drinks, lunch, towel, bilingual
certified guides, private river entrance and exit with changing rooms
and bathroom, and transportation to/from your Arenal area hotel in a
What to Bring: quick-dry clothes, swimsuit, sunscreen, strap-on sandals or athletic shoes, and a change of clothes.
Adventure Company is an owner-operated, family business run by
adventure enthusiasts Suresh and Christine Krishnan. Suresh founded the
company in 1992. Desafio provides outstanding Costa Rica adventure tours
in whitewater rafting, canyoning, kayaking, mountain biking, stand up
paddling, hikes to waterfalls and active volcanoes, as well as
activities in other popular Costa Rica destinations.
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